Optimal Blue, the leading provider of secondary marketing automation and services in the mortgage industry, announced today an integration with Own Up. By integrating their home financing platform with Optimal Blue’s advanced product eligibility and pricing APIs, Own Up is now able to seamlessly return all possible mortgage options across multiple lender partners, thereby optimizing the home shopping experience for borrowers.

This unique partnership allows Own Up to leverage data for the purpose of helping borrowers secure mortgage financing options from a network of lenders that specifically match to their qualifications. This new approach to shopping for and securing a mortgage enables today’s consumer to not only find the mortgage they deserve on their own terms, but also empowers lenders to connect with targeted borrowers in a cost-effective manner.

“The real estate industry is experiencing a massive technological change,” explained Mike Tassone, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer of Own Up. “This makes partnerships like the one we have built with Optimal Blue incredibly important. Our integration provides Own Up customers with access to more data and enhances our connectivity with lenders so that we can create a modern mortgage experience for consumers, simplifying their lives and resulting in better financial outcomes.”

In addition to effectively engaging and prequalifying prospective borrowers, the seamless integration allows Own Up to better serve mortgage lenders in their pursuit to originate more loans and improve profitability.

“Optimal Blue is excited to partner with Own Up, and together, create a seamless solution for more borrowers to connect with more lenders,” said Chazz Huston, Strategic Alliances Manager at Optimal Blue. “Pairing their service with our highly accurate product eligibility and pricing is just another step forward in satisfying the growing digital demand across the industry.”

ABOUT OWN UP
Own Up is a technology company that is changing the way consumers shop for and secure a mortgage by empowering consumers with customized data, personalized advice, and unprecedented access to mortgage lenders. Own Up has created a modern home financing experience for borrowers that leads to better financial outcomes and reduces anxiety, while also increasing loan volume and profitability for our lender partners. For more information, visit www.ownup.com.

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Mike Tassone
Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer
(857) 600-1420
mike@ownup.com

Ellie Mae®, the leading cloud-based loan origination platform for the mortgage industry, announced today the expansion of the strategic partnership with Optimal Blue®, the leading secondary marketing automation platform in the mortgage industry. The expansion includes the collaboration on multiple next-generation, API-based integrations between the Ellie Mae Digital Lending Platform and the Optimal Blue’s Marketplace Platform™ – specifically the company’s flagship Product & Pricing, Hedge Analytics, and Loan Trading solutions. Additionally, Optimal Blue’s Hedge Analytics and Loan Trading solutions now join Optimal Blue’s Product & Pricing as recommended solutions in the Ellie Mae Marketplace™.

Focused on creating a seamless, end-to-end workflow between lenders and investors, Ellie Mae and Optimal Blue are underway with new initiatives to rethink how to best leverage Ellie Mae’s Digital Lending Platform and Optimal Blue’s industry-leading pricing, hedging, and loan trading capabilities to benefit both sellers and Investors. Their collective efforts will create new and further enhance existing integrations between Optimal Blue and Encompass Consumer Connect®, Encompass LO Connect®, Encompass TPO Connect®, and Encompass Investor Connect® solutions that will enable a completely automated data and document exchange between their lender and investor clients. The companies plan to collaborate on these new integrations and efficient workflow improvements throughout 2020.

“Ellie Mae is thrilled about the expansion of our partnership with Optimal Blue,” said Parvesh Sahi, senior vice president, business development for Ellie Mae. “Ellie Mae is committed to enabling further innovation on the Ellie Mae Digital Lending Platform with industry-leading partners like Optimal Blue. This investment to deepen our partnership enables both originators and the purchasers of mortgage loans originated on Encompass to benefit from Optimal Blue’s broad secondary marketing capabilities.”

“Optimal Blue is proud of the work we have done over the past several years to strengthen our Ellie Mae partnership,” explained Scott Happ, President & Chief Executive Officer of Optimal Blue. “Increasing the joint value proposition to our mutual clients by building deeper and more meaningful pricing, hedging, and trading integrations between our platforms to create more efficient workflows is very exciting news for Optimal Blue, Ellie Mae, and our clients.”

ABOUT ELLIE MAE
Ellie Mae is the leading cloud-based loan origination platform provider for the mortgage industry. Ellie Mae’s technology solutions enable lenders to originate more loans, reduce origination costs, and shorten the time to close, all while ensuring the highest levels of compliance, quality and efficiency. EllieMae.com or call 877.355.4362 to learn more.

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Robert J. Brandt
Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Alliances
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PRESS CONTACT FOR ELLIE MAE
Erica Bigley
Ellie Mae, Inc.
(925) 227-5913
Erica.Bigley@elliemae.com

Caitlin Coffee
Allison+Partners
(312) 635-8204
EllieMae@allisonpr.com

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– Roostify expands existing partnership with Optimal Blue to incorporate industry-leading product & pricing solution into platform —

Roostify, the nation’s most trusted digital lending platform, today announced an expanded relationship with Optimal Blue, the leading provider of secondary marketing automation to the mortgage industry. The enhanced functionality obtained through this collaborative partnership will enable Roostify to further automate the digital lending experience for their clients by embedding Optimal Blue’s comprehensive pricing capabilities directly into their platform. Roostify has leveraged Optimal Blue’s product eligibility and pricing (PPE) technology to support lead generation efforts since 2016. Now, the enhanced integration enables their digital lending platform to deliver Optimal Blue’s robust, accurate pricing options directly to loan officers and borrowers, without ever leaving the Roostify environment.

The enhanced integration enables loan officers to access product and pricing information, and seamlessly share this data with borrowers at any time, from anywhere, through a fully mobile-optimized solution. The ability to access this data at the immediate point of need equips users with added flexibility and ultimately increases loan officer productivity and borrower engagement.

“Optimal Blue is committed to working with technology-forward partners that truly understand the incredible value of delivering accurate product and pricing to all relevant access points within the loan lifecycle,” explained Bob Brandt, vice president of marketing and strategic alliances at Optimal Blue. “We are pleased to expand our relationship with Roostify as they leverage our robust APIs to improve the digital mortgage experience for lenders and their clients.”

“Our partnership with Optimal Blue has been a significant value add for several years, starting with lead generation,” said Rajesh Bhat, co-founder and chief executive officer of Roostify. “With the enhanced integration of their PPE technology into our platform, we now have real-time borrower approval that elevates the customer experience and is best in class.”

ABOUT ROOSTIFY
Founded by consumers looking for a better way to buy a home, Roostify leads the industry in delivering accelerated and transparent digital lending experiences, processing nearly $20 billion a month in loans. From enterprise banks to independent mortgage lenders, lenders across the United States rely on Roostify to speed up closings, reduce risk and unnecessary work, and improve their customers’ lending experience. The company’s highly secure, future-proof lending platform is trusted by some of the world’s largest lenders. For more information, please visit www.roostify.com or follow them on social media at LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/roostify) or Twitter (@Roostify).

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Gaffney Austin, LLC
(949) 403-0484
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– Advanced Integration Delivers Compliant, Real-Time Mortgage Comparisons –

Optimal Blue, the leading provider of secondary marketing automation and services in the mortgage industry, announced today the integration of MBS Highway’s mortgage market data and analytics platform. Through direct integration with Optimal Blue’s full suite of product eligibility and pricing APIs, MBS Highway’s advisor platform now seamlessly enables real-time, compliant, and personalized scenario comparison pricing, initiating an insightful and high-conversion mortgage loan process.

By integrating with Optimal Blue’s modernized APIs, MBS Highway advisors can simultaneously present product eligibility and variable rate comparisons for all loan programs – without ever having to leave the MBS Highway platform. Increasing the availability of program options creates a unique one-stop-shopping experience that positions MBS Highway as a transparent resource, leading to more referrals and higher application conversion rates.

“In today’s competitive marketplace, it’s very important to convert as many potential clients into an application as possible,” explained Avi Habib, Chief Operating Officer at MBS Highway. “Our clients will be able to pull in the most accurate pricing data directly from Optimal Blue, providing consumers all the possibilities of homeownership.”

“Optimal Blue’s partnership with MBS Highway gives mutual clients a competitive advantage under any market conditions,” said Chazz Huston, Strategic Alliances Manager at Optimal Blue. “The ability to quickly provide all possible and circumstantial rates is necessary to moving the application process forward.”

ABOUT MBS HIGHWAY
MBS Highway is a communication tool that will help you improve your batting average and turn more conversations into applications. There are various tools within MBS Highway that will help you show your customers and referral partners that you are a true advisor and an expert in the mortgage industry. In today’s constantly changing mortgage environment, it’s crucial that you stay ahead of these changes and your competition, so you stop losing out on loans! You’ll have the ability to generate Real Estate reports for every county in the US, with historical and forecasted rates of appreciation, so you can show your client the financial opportunity that exists in purchasing a home. Show your borrower easily and clearly which loan option is truly the best for them based on their specific situation. Become your Realtor’s go-to referral source by being able to show their customers the missed financial opportunity by delaying their purchase. Be a debt manager for past clients by showing them how you will be able to restructure their debt to reduce overall monthly payments and drive refinance business. Create short, engaging content for social media to drive referral business and keep you top of mind with customers as a trusted expert in the mortgage world.

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Robert J. Brandt
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Avi Habib
COO
(732) 526-7900
avi@mbshighway.com

Spillane Consulting Associates, Inc. (“SCA”), a professional consulting firm for banks, credit unions, and non-depository institutions based in Weymouth, MA, has partnered with Optimal Blue to create a new offering focused on empowering community financial institutions to more easily and more profitably buy and sell loans with enhanced execution techniques. Through this turnkey offering, SCA’s expert consultants provide clients the ability to easily buy specific loan pools to support unique balance sheet needs or CRA requirements, efficiently sell loans to a broader and more diverse network of buyers to mitigate risk, and seamlessly execute advanced asset-liability management strategies to increase profitability – without any further investment in software, resources, or loan trading expertise.

Since 1991, SCA has enabled community financial institutions to advance their mortgage lending capabilities by delivering innovations and successful financial management strategies that streamline process flows, improve compliance results, enhance system utilization, and optimize staff composition. However, over the past several years, SCA has observed that many community financial institutions were not well positioned to take full advantage of the sophisticated mortgage lending strategies or breadth of counterparty options that their larger competitors leverage, thereby missing opportunities to improve liquidity, increase profitability, and mitigate risk.

Under this unique offering fully supported by Optimal Blue’s industry-leading Loan Trading solution, SCA’s team of seasoned industry experts become an integral extension of the community financial institutions’ mortgage lending department. SCA’s broad network of buyers and sellers as well as their ability to match counterparties based on balance sheet needs enables secondary marketing transactions to be handled more quickly and more profitably for community financial institutions. Initially focused on clients in the Northeast, this program will soon be expanded to all community financial institutions across the United States.

“For close to three decades, SCA’s mission has been diligently focused on making community financial institutions more efficient and more successful,” explained John Spillane, CEO of SCA. “By pairing our expertise with the sophisticated loan trading automation of Optimal Blue, we’ve been able to dramatically enhance the mortgage lending and balance sheet management capabilities of the traditional community lender to keep them on par with their larger competitors.”

“Optimal Blue has experienced dramatic growth in our Mortgage Marketplace, both in the size of our network and in the extent of our innovations,” said Scott Happ, CEO at Optimal Blue. “We are proud to bring our proven Mortgage Marketplace loan trading capabilities to the community banking industry through this partnership with SCA.”

ABOUT SPILLANE CONSULTING ASSOCIATES, INC.
Founded in 1991, Spillane Consulting Associates, Inc. provides professional consulting services in the areas of compliance, quality control, staffing, technology, and management services to the mortgage banking industry. We value our strong and long-standing client relationships and believe our personalized service is especially important in today’s environment. For more information, please visit www.scapartnering.com.

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Robert J. Brandt
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William Dolan, CMB
Director, Business Development
(781) 356-2772
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– Real-Time Integration Provides Loan Officers with Mobile Access to Optimal Blue’s Market Leading PPE –

Ellie Mae®,the leading cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry, today announced an extended integration with Optimal Blue to enhance Encompass LO Connect™, Ellie Mae’s Encompass mobile solution for LOs on the go. LO Connect gives loan officers secure, real-time access to the Encompass® Digital Lending Platform from their fingertips, from any mobile device.

LO Connect gives loan officers the competitive advantage of providing the highest level of customer service, and the ability to originate and close loans faster from anywhere, at any time. It offers:

• Enhanced borrower communications to help loan officers stay engaged and deliver a superior customer experience
• Always-on, real-time access to move loans forward
• The ability to connect with agents, referral partners, credit reporting agencies, and underwriters, from a single system of record

LO Connect can also enable your team to take action on abandoned loan applications through Encompass Consumer Connect™, Ellie Mae’s point-of-sale solution, to capture business that otherwise would be lost.

Hundreds of Ellie Mae lenders rely on Optimal Blue to support their product and pricing strategies in the Encompass Digital Lending Platform. By extending the Optimal Blue integration to the Opportunities view within LO Connect, loan officers can accurately quote the most appropriate financing alternatives based on the borrower’s unique mortgage loan scenario – all from the convenience of their mobile device. In addition, Ellie Mae has also integrated to Optimal Blue’s pricing and lock functionality on the Pipeline view within LO Connect, enabling loan officers to confidently price and lock loans with Optimal Blue while never leaving Encompass.

“We are excited to once again expand our integration with the Encompass Digital Lending Platform,” explained Scott Happ, CEO at Optimal Blue. “Optimal Blue is committed to an API-first strategy that provides real-time access to our industry leading secondary marketing capabilities with the systems our clients rely upon throughout the mortgage loan process.”

“More than 80 percent of top loan producers say digital mortgage technology is key to their company’s future growth,” said Joe Tyrrell, chief operating officer, Ellie Mae. “With Optimal Blue support now included in Encompass LO Connect, loan officers now have access to product and pricing whether they are in the office or on the go. This partnership with Optimal Blue gives loan officers access to the tools and technology they need to be successful.”

For more information about how to benefit from LO Connect with Optimal Blue, visit:
https://www.elliemae.com/encompass/encompass-lo-connect

ABOUT ELLIE MAE
Ellie Mae is the leading cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry. Ellie Mae’s technology solutions enable lenders to originate more loans, lower origination costs, and reduce the time to close, all while ensuring the highest levels of compliance, quality and efficiency. Visit ‪EllieMae.com‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ or call ‪(877) 355-4362‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ to learn more.

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Erica Harvill
Ellie Mae, Inc.
(925) 227-5913
Erica.harvill@elliemae.com

© 2019 Ellie Mae, Inc. Ellie Mae®, Encompass®, AllRegs®, the Ellie Mae logo and other trademarks or service marks of Ellie Mae, Inc. appearing herein are the property of Ellie Mae, Inc. or its subsidiaries. All rights reserved. Other company and product names may be trademarks or copyrights of their respective owners.

– Integration Modernizes MLS Property Specific Listings with Accurate, Compliant Pricing –

Optimal Blue,the leading provider of secondary marketing automation and services in the mortgage industry, announced today the integration certification of RatePlug. Through direct integration with Optimal Blue’s real-time product eligibility and pricing API, RatePlug’s proprietary mortgage marketing platform now seamlessly delivers compliant scenario pricing and connects today’s real estate agents, lenders, and homebuyers via participating Multiple Listing Services (MLS).

Optimal Blue’s advanced RESTful API endpoints enable RatePlug to provide property specific affordability calculations with over 70 MLS partnerships. This comprehensive pairing of technology brings mortgage transparency to the homebuying process and creates a unique, fully compliant flow of mortgage data between the MLS platforms that active agents, their lender partners, and homebuyers rely on daily to transact home purchases.

“We are excited to afford our audience of +800,000 real estate agents the ability to share real-time mortgage payment options directly to homebuyers that are actively searching for a home,” explained Brad Springer, President of RatePlug. “Any lender focused on purchase originations will recognize that this is an incredible opportunity to not only build deeper agent relationships, but to encourage more digital pre-approvals and write more loan applications.”

The RatePlug MLS footprint, coupled with Optimal Blue’s industry-leading product eligibility and pricing, sets the gold standard for MLS listing promotions and broadens the scope of opportunity for those shopping for affordable mortgage payments. The integration also creates additional marketing opportunities for lenders, such as ‘total monthly cost to own’ flyers and search results for special financing programs.

“Our partnership with RatePlug is unique in that it ties an MLS property listing to a borrower’s personalized profile,” said Chazz Huston, Manager of Strategic Alliances at Optimal Blue. “This integration exhibits another great example of leveraging Optimal Blue’s API technology to create a high-impact experience for lenders and their realtor partners alike, as well as today’s homebuyer.”

ABOUT RATEPLUG
RatePlug is the nation’s leading mortgage technology that is integrated directly into Multiple Listing Service platforms. Providing over 800,000 Agents and their homebuyers with real time mortgage information, including a digital pre-approval process, specific to every property they view. Realtors benefit from this technology as it has been shown to accelerate the speed of the transaction by upwards of 15%. Lenders benefit by having their information compliantly shared by their Agent’s with each and every homebuyer they work with, which increases capture rate and ultimately generates more purchase volumes. The RatePlug Program also includes an automated flyer system, and transactional alerts. To learn more about us, visit our site at RatePlug.

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Robert J. Brandt
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Brad Springer
President
(630) 848-1335
brad.springer@rateplug.com

– Robust integration brings compliant pricing to cloud-based digital mortgage lending platform –

Optimal Blue, the leading provider of secondary marketing automation and services in the mortgage industry, announced today the certification of multiple integrations with Blue Sage Solutions’ sophisticated, multi-channel digital lending platform. Through seamless integrations with Optimal Blue’s product eligibility and pricing platform, Blue Sage now enables wholesale, correspondent, and retail lenders to receive real-time, compliant pricing scenarios regardless of their business channel.

Enabled through Optimal Blue’s highly unique and advanced RESTful API endpoints, these integrations provide “lights-out” automation for any type of lender to deliver a modern, timely and personalized experience that meets the expectations of today’s mortgage consumer while improving transparency. Without ever leaving the Blue Sage Solutions platform, loan officers can easily generate individual scenarios, quickly launch an application, and lock the loan when appropriate. The integration also streamlines the mortgage process, enhances loan officer productivity, and reduces costs along the way.

“Partnering with an industry leader like Optimal Blue is an opportunity to drive mortgage process automation through our combined, best-of-breed technologies and resources,” explained Joe Langner, CEO of Blue Sage Solutions. “Because Blue Sage handles multiple loan channels, this integration delivers the right information to today’s borrowers at the right time in the loan process and does it for a wider range of lenders than competing mortgage platforms. Our partnership also reflects Blue Sage’s steadfast commitment to ongoing innovation, modernizing the mortgage process through lights-out technology.”

“We are proud to announce the certification of multiple pricing and lock integrations across the Blue Sage Solutions platform,” said Bob Brandt, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances at Optimal Blue. “Our partnership with Blue Sage furthers our goal of system-to-system automation with the industry’s leading solutions, bringing a single source of pricing for every client and user, across every system.”

ABOUT BLUE SAGE SOLUTIONS
Blue Sage is an innovative, cloud-based digital lending platform for retail, wholesale and correspondent lenders that provides a superior lending experience for every borrower. The company’s technology is 100% browser-based and provides end-to-end functionality for the entire lending and fulfillment process, regardless of channel. All Blue Sage solutions include mobile applications and are delivered through a secure, fully managed cloud service. The company’s technology was developed over the past four years by the founders of Palisades Technology Partners, developers of Impact, the first end-to-end web-based loan platform which was used by five of the 10 largest U.S. originators. Blue Sage Solutions is headquartered in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

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Robert J. Brandt
Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Alliances
(469) 609-5585
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Mike Murray
Strategic Vantage Marketing & Public Relations
(240) 498-0863
mikemurray@strategicvantage.com

– Enables lenders to bring price consistency and transparency to the entire mortgage process –

Tavant, a leading digital products and solutions company for the consumer lending industry, today announced the next level of integration between Tavant VΞLOX, its AI-powered digital lending platform, and Optimal Blue’s industry-leading product eligibility and pricing engine.

The upgraded integration creates new efficiencies throughout the loan lifecycle and quickly converts leads into loans. The integration of VΞLOX with Optimal Blue’s real-time Scenario Pricing API provides immediate access to accurate and compliant product, eligibility, and pricing information at the point of sale — maximizing efficiency in the loan life cycle while minimizing the potential for error.

Tavant VΞLOX brings a best-in-class, fully personalized user experience through any business channel while removing significant costs from the loan origination process. The platform facilitates a single, integrated, hierarchical view of the entire loan pipeline and provides lenders with the ability to drive the lending process seamlessly.

Together, the companies provide loan originators the ability for multi-system product and pricing distribution to offer borrowers a more personalized and customized exchange. Additionally, the integration reduces the amount of manual intervention, raising process efficiency and data accuracy across the supported loan process.

“We are delighted about our partnership with Optimal Blue. By leveraging Optimal Blue’s pricing and lock automation, Tavant has taken a major step towards eliminating traditional inefficiencies and advancing the industry’s digital mortgage agenda,” said Hassan Rashid, CRO, Tavant.

“The real-time integration between Optimal Blue’s product eligibility and pricing engine and Tavant’s VΞLOX platform is a great example of how modern, yet disparate systems can interact as one and deliver a better user experience and new efficiencies,” explained Bob Brandt, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances at Optimal Blue. “The partnership between our organizations will continue to grow and remain focused on creating a better loan process for our mutual clients.”

ABOUT TAVANT
Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, Tavant is a digital products and platforms company that provides impactful results to its customers across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. Founded in 2000, the company employs over 2500 people and is a recognized top employer. Tavant is creating an AI-powered intelligent lending enterprise by reimagining customer experiences, driving operational efficiencies and improving collaboration. Find Tavant on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Robert J. Brandt
Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Alliances
(469) 609-5585
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Vibhor Mishra
(408) 519-5400
press@tavant.com

– Its PPE network now includes more than 2,000 clients –

Over the last two years, Optimal Blue has strategically acquired several companies, built an extensive API network, and invested heavily in automation and technology with one goal in mind: to create an entirely automated secondary marketing ecosystem for mortgage originators and investors, as well as the technology providers they rely upon every day.

Those efforts have established Optimal Blue’s product and pricing as the mortgage industry’s system of record — from leads at the beginning of the process to hedging and selling into the secondary market — approximately one of every three mortgages is facilitated by the company’s Digital Mortgage Marketplace.

Optimal Blue’s recent acquisition of LoanLogics’ PPE business unit, LoanDecisions, is just the latest in a series of strategic buys, including its purchase of Comergence in 2017 and Resitrader earlier this year.

Comergence enables Optimal Blue to offer a wide array of comprehensive due diligence and oversight capabilities, while the acquisition of Resitrader assets created the industry’s largest digital loan trading platform, allowing Optimal Blue to support more than $750 billion in transactions across its marketplace.

With the LoanDecisions acquisition marking the beginning of what seems to be a consolidation trend in the PPE space, Optimal Blue has expanded the reach of its PPE network to a client count exceeding 2,000+.

These customers are already in the process of migrating to the Optimal Blue PPE and the company will continue to expand its partnership with LoanLogics to automate correspondent loan transactions.

Essential to all of this innovation is Optimal Blue’s expanding universe of APIs, created over the last 18 months by a dedicated team of developers. The company has more than 50 customers using their APIs directly, with more than 40 vendors providing solutions that allow originators and investors to build a custom set of solutions that maximize opportunity at every critical inflection point throughout the mortgage process.

Originators are using Optimal Blue APIs for best execution product and pricing, loan and pipeline management, configuration, search results, and lock management, while investors are leveraging them for counter party oversight, NMLS verification, historical production, prospect marketing, compliance questionnaires, and FHA performance scores.

In September, Optimal Blue launched the latest in its series, a set of post-lock management APIs that enable users to easily incorporate worse case evaluations, change request submissions, and historical pricing for any loan or scenario.

Erin Wester, senior product manager at Optimal Blue, explained how the new post-lock APIs fit into the company’s initiative to fully automate everything within the Optimal Blue user interface via an API.

“We took a look at the API products we have today and some common use cases — how our clients are using them,” explained Wester. “With the post-lock APIs, users can now execute searches, create and manage loans, and submit lock requests. You can lock and register the loan through our APIs.”

The new offerings include APIs for change requests and APIs related to historical pricing results. The latter allows searching for a loan ID with a desired date and time, or even searching for a specific scenario based on a certain date and time.

Optimal Blue also recently introduced a direct data access option for its business intelligence suite, which provides users with a robust data that contains an extremely granular history of every change that has taken place within the Optimal Blue platform — including who requested a change and when, who accepted it, who denied it, etc.

The direct data access option lets users connect internal data warehouses, support custom analytics, and uniquely integrate to any in-house visualization solution. This includes data visualizations on locking analytics and change request analytics. For example, users will be able to see how many times a lock desk is having to touch a loan, as well as average cost and days per lock extension.

“The direct data access product is an automated way for the user to gain access to their organization’s unique raw data and run their own in-house, custom analytics,” Wester said. “This competitive and actionable insight is then reported to internal data warehouse solutions within the institution, opening the door for any mortgage professional to quantify and transform operational data into an advantageous asset.”

In reflecting on the previous year and the extensive progress that the company has achieved, CEO Scott Happ explained, “2018 has been a prolific year for Optimal Blue, both from an acquisition and product development perspective. Not only have we strengthened our offering with substantial new capabilities, we’ve expanded our network with scores of new client and vendor relationships.”

It has, in fact, been a noteworthy year for Optimal Blue, as the company continues to thrive in its quest to fully automate the secondary marketing function.

This piece was originally featured on HousingWire.com.

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Robert J. Brandt
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(469) 609-5585
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– Integration Combines Sophisticated Pricing Strategies with National MLS Real Estate Listings –

Optimal Blue, the leading secondary marketing automation platform in the mortgage industry, announced today the integration certification of the HomeScout National MLS Platform, the only national home search platform with 100% MLS listings created specifically for innovative lenders to better serve their consumers. The integration enables mutual clients to create their own leads directly with consumers, convert borrowers earlier in the process than traditionally possible, and generate referrals for their real estate partners by bringing the home and mortgage shopping experiences together through a highly innovative platform.

The proprietary HomeScout technology platform, provided by NexGen HBM, gives potential borrowers access to complete MLS inventories of property listings across the country and provides innovative tools to assist them throughout the homebuying process. By integrating Optimal Blue’s Scenario Pricing API, HomeScout now allows consumers to immediately view accurate mortgage pricing that is custom-tailored to their individual financial scenario and the home they are interested in. Directly connecting property listings to the highly sophisticated product and pricing strategies of Optimal Blue clients in real time, HomeScout eliminates the concerns home shoppers have had with generic advertised rates or inaccurate mortgage pricing displayed on websites, and their information isn’t sold to other lenders and real estate agents.

“While many home search websites include simple mortgage calculators with rate estimates, the ability to provide borrower-specific, accurate, and compliant pricing paints a realistic picture of affordability and improves the consumer experience,” explained Greg Bollinger, Business Development Manager at NexGen HBM. “By precisely answering a shopper’s first question on payment terms, HomeScout lenders develop trust and improve the conversion from engaged shopper to committed borrower.”

In a highly competitive purchase market where parts of the country are experiencing all-time lows with property inventory, home purchase transactions move quickly. Today’s innovative lenders are introducing new lead strategies to win business and turning to innovative technology to connect them with new and qualified borrowers earlier in the homebuying process. They’ve turned to HomeScout and Optimal Blue to connect with consumers and leverage the tools they need to compete in the new reality.

“The Optimal Blue ecosystem is engineered to deliver high value benefits to our originator clients that gives them an advantage when it comes to driving purchase loan business,” said Chazz Huston, Strategic Alliances Manager at Optimal Blue. “Our partnership with NexGen HBM and its HomeScout National MLS Platform delivers the pricing transparency that borrowers want, at the time they most want it, while simultaneously bringing innovation to greatly enhance the way loan officers generate leads.”

ABOUT NEXGEN HBM
NexGen HBM is full-service technology and business development company on a mission to help lenders create business at the intersection of real estate, lending, agents and consumers in one, fully integrated real estate platform – HomeScout. NexGen HBM is a thought leader in the development of lender-centric, consumer-facing technologies that are proven to help lenders build their business starting with lead generation through buyer engagement and retention.

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PRESS CONTACT FOR OPTIMAL BLUE
Robert J. Brandt
Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Alliances
(469) 609-5585
bbrandt@optimalblue.com

– Borrower Wallet Will Now Offer Access to Latest Product & Pricing Info –

PromonTech, the technology unit of Promontory MortgagePath, announced today that its point-of-sale (POS) solution, Borrower Wallet™, is now integrated with Optimal Blue, a leading provider of secondary marketing automation and services in the mortgage industry.

This seamless integration provides consumers and loan officers easy access to qualified products and rates. Consumers can easily review the types of mortgages they qualify for by simply adjusting their search criteria or by having their loan officers search using the Optimal Blue product eligibility and pricing engine.

Borrower Wallet is a white-label, omni-platform POS that engages with customers using any computer or mobile device, on either a self-serve or assisted basis with a loan officer. The secure, borrower-friendly environment is designed to build confidence and make it easy for the borrower to enter information, approve automated data collection, upload/e-send documents, sign disclosures, utilize the closing center, and stay informed throughout the loan origination journey through loan closing. Borrower Wallet promotes both applicant self-service and values the role the loan officer plays as a trusted advisor. One of the unique features of Borrower Wallet is a dashboard that shows the borrower their key metrics – credit score, debt-to-income, and loan-to-value ratios – that loan decision-makers will use to approve their loans. In addition, lenders can accommodate their applicants anytime/anywhere in a secure workspace and loan officers can be a true co-pilot by enhancing the application process and loan quality ahead of underwriting.

“In this competitive mortgage market, today’s lenders are looking to differentiate their service offering and meet new consumer demands,” said Bob Brandt, vice president of Marketing and Alliances at Optimal Blue. “By integrating with Optimal Blue’s advanced API, PromonTech provides lenders with the tools they need to succeed by enabling the borrower to seamlessly access accurate pricing and product selection early in the application process.”

“Our main goal at PromonTech is always to provide the best possible service and home-buying experience for our customers – borrowers, lenders, and loan officers,” said Michael Kolbrener, chief technology officer of PromonTech. “Partnering with Optimal Blue streamlines the application process by offering our clients real-time access to the most accurate product eligibility and pricing information.”

ABOUT PROMONTORY MORTGAGEPATH
Headquartered in New York, Promontory MortgagePath was founded by Gene Ludwig and Bruce Witherell, the former U.S. Comptroller of the Currency and chief operating officer of Freddie Mac, respectively. The company has two main operating divisions: PromonTech, its Denver-based technology arm, and Promontory Fulfillment Services. PromonTech is a FinTech hybrid – that is, a technology company, led by seasoned banking and mortgage executives. Its digital solutions are designed by talented technologists and mortgage experts, working collaboratively to eliminate pain points and enhance the customer experience. Promontory Fulfillment Services offers end-to-end white-label mortgage fulfillment services for banks, mortgage banks and private investors and is located in Danbury, Conn. Promontory MortgagePath is the winner of the 2018 HW Tech100™ award and the 2018 Progress in Lending Innovations award.

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PRESS CONTACT FOR OPTIMAL BLUE
Robert J. Brandt
Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Alliances
(469) 609-5585
bbrandt@optimalblue.com

– Secondary Marketing APIs Further Enhance Calyx Path’s LOS Experience –

Calyx Software and Optimal Blue today announced the completion of the integration between Path, Calyx’s cloud-based, dynamic mortgage loan origination software (LOS), and Optimal Blue’s industry-leading product eligibility and pricing engine.

Optimal Blue’s robust secondary marketing APIs deliver accurate, real-time pricing information to the technology solutions their clients rely upon throughout the mortgage loan process. As the first LOS platform to integrate with Optimal Blue’s APIs, Calyx Path now provides immediate access to accurate and compliant product, eligibility, and pricing information at the point of sale — increasing efficiency in the loan life cycle and minimizing the potential for error.

“We are thrilled that Calyx has selected Optimal Blue to enhance the Calyx Path user experience,” said Bob Brandt, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances at Optimal Blue. “Both organizations have an established legacy in the industry, founded on a commitment of continuous innovation. The real-time integration we have just completed couldn’t exemplify that commitment any better.”

Bob Dougherty, Executive Vice President of Business Development at Calyx Software, added, “We’re excited that Path is the first LOS to implement Optimal Blue’s APIs. The ability to price loans using the industry’s leading product and pricing engine streamlines the mortgage process for our originator clients and their borrowers.”

ABOUT CALYX SOFTWARE
Calyx Software is a provider of innovative solutions to help streamline and simplify all phases of the loan process. The company’s loan origination software offerings include Point, PointCentral and Path for banks, credit unions, mortgage bankers and brokers; INK-it, a secure electronic signature solution; WebCaster, a website development tool; and Zip, the most affordable, easy-to-use loan interview conveniently accessible to borrowers via a personalized URL. For more information call (800) 362-2599 or visit www.calyxsoftware.com.

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PRESS CONTACT FOR OPTIMAL BLUE
Robert J. Brandt
Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Alliances
(469) 609-5585
bbrandt@optimalblue.com

PRESS CONTACT FOR CALYX SOFTWARE
Jessica Ruiz-Krout
Campbell Lewis Communications
(212) 995-8058
jessica@campbelllewis.com

Finastra has integrated Optimal Blue into its Fusion MortgagebotPOS solution, enabling banks and credit unions to provide mortgage applicants with Optimal Blue’s live pricing searches, via any point-of-sale channel. The addition of Optimal Blue to MortgagebotPOS furthers Finastra’s relationship with the enterprise secondary marketing automation vendor, which already integrates with the Fusion MortgagebotLOS loan origination platform.

“Finastra is committed to developing an ecosystem of innovation, and working with companies like Optimal Blue helps us deliver the full value of our solutions to our clients,” said Mike Dionne, Senior Vice President, Community Markets, Finastra. “By expanding our relationship with Optimal Blue, we are giving mortgage lenders that use our point-of-sale platform seamless access to market-leading enterprise lending services, including product and pricing.”

As a leading provider of secondary marketing automation and services to the mortgage industry, Optimal Blue’s solutions enable thousands of lenders to easily implement, manage, and execute sophisticated product and pricing strategies focused on increasing competitiveness and creating new efficiencies. By directly embedding Optimal Blue’s broad portfolio of REST APIs into its mortgage origination solutions, Finastra is able to fully leverage the capabilities of Optimal Blue, providing joint clients real-time access to compliant product and pricing content throughout the Fusion Mortgagebot solutions.

“We are thrilled to mark a new chapter of collaboration with Finastra by extending the use of our APIs into the Fusion Mortgagebot platform,” explained Bob Brandt, Vice President of Marketing & Alliances at Optimal Blue. “This highly-anticipated integration vastly improves the user experience and uniquely positions our joint clients to create substantial new efficiencies throughout the entire loan life cycle.”

Fusion MortgagebotPOS is a web-based solution that allows lenders to receive accurate, qualified applications through every point-of-sale channel: consumer-direct via the internet, in the branch or call center, or through professional loan officers. As a cloud-based solution, borrowers have the option of completing an application in one channel or moving seamlessly between channels, depending on their needs and preferences. This web‐based technology allows users to explore rates, fees and products; complete an application in minutes; get instant approvals; and receive immediate online disclosures – anywhere they have internet access.

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PRESS CONTACT FOR OPTIMAL BLUE
Robert J. Brandt
Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Alliances
(469) 609-5585
bbrandt@optimalblue.com

PRESS CONTACT FOR FINASTRA
Patrick Kilhaney
Public & Analyst Relations Manager
(917) 286-1053
patrick.kilhaney@finastra.com

– Product Loan Comparisons Embedded with Real-time, Compliant Pricing Now Available –

Optimal Blue, the leading provider of secondary marketing automation and services in the mortgage industry, is proud to announce a game-changing innovation with Mortgage Coach, creator of comprehensive point-of-sale borrower conversion software. Through direct integration with Optimal Blue’s robust API platform, every Mortgage Coach application now seamlessly connects real-time, compliant product and pricing data with the compelling financial analyses Mortgage Coach is known for. Through this collaborative effort and newly expanded product offering, Mortgage Coach and Optimal Blue enhance their long-standing strategic partnership and take their industry value proposition to a whole new level.

“Without ever leaving the Mortgage Coach app on their mobile device, loan officers can create informative, side-by-side comparisons highlighting multiple loan programs and comprehensive pricing information in just seconds,” explained Bob Brandt, Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Alliances for Optimal Blue. “Combining the sophisticated product and pricing data at the heart of every mortgage transaction with a compelling user experience — and doing so whenever, wherever it matters most — is a game changer for the industry.”

The benefits are not exclusive to lenders and loan officers. Today’s consumers immerse themselves with the details behind major financial decisions and pride themselves on deeply understanding their alternatives. Mortgage financing is no exception. When provided with a comparative, in-depth analysis of the financial impact of their best financing alternatives in a highly consultative environment, consumers are more engaged with their loan officers and more likely to move forward with a loan.

“In today’s price compression marketplace, converting every prospect into a borrower is the most important aspect of achieving increased profits for mortgage lenders,” said Joe Puthur, President of Mortgage Coach. “This new innovation gives lenders the instantaneous benefit of earning more commitments at a lower cost of acquisition.”

Mortgage Coach, the company’s flagship platform, is the technology behind the Total Cost Analysis (TCA), a report that illustrates the long and short-term impact of any loan program on the borrower’s financial situation. The TCA incorporates real time rates, fees, closing costs, and program information and presents its findings using simple yet powerful graphical elements like charts and graphs. The TCA provides a level of clarity that is virtually impossible to achieve without the Mortgage Coach platform.

“The difference between using a TCA to explain mortgage options and using any other method is like the difference between having a film described to you versus watching it in high definition with Dolby sound,” explained Mike Hardwick, President of Churchill Mortgage. “Having been in partnership with Mortgage Coach and Optimal Blue for several years now, we’re happy to have helped thousands of borrowers make a better, more informed decision. These new capabilities will provide greater clarity, transparency, and confidence to any borrower – in a way that is faster for every loan professional.”

ABOUT MORTGAGE COACH
The Mortgage Coach suite of enterprise online and mobile applications enhance the conversation between the borrower, mortgage professional, and Realtor, enabling a confident mortgage decision. Thousands of banks and lenders rely on Mortgage Coach to turn borrower education into a competitive advantage. With Mortgage Coach technology, financial and real estate professionals provide clearly illustrated mortgage options with detailed financials, charts, video narration, and live updates on any device, ensuring an informed home loan choice. Learn more about how to add the power of Mortgage Coach to your lending platform by visiting www.mortgagecoach.com or contact sales@mortgagecoach.com.

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PRESS CONTACT FOR OPTIMAL BLUE
Robert J. Brandt
Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Alliances
(469) 609-5585
bbrandt@optimalblue.com

PRESS CONTACT FOR MORTGAGE COACH
Jeri Yoshida
Yosh Communications
(310) 651-0051
jeri@yoshcomm.com

– Custom Integration Gives Consumers a Real-time Experience When Shopping for a Loan –

SoftVu announced today that the company has chosen to leverage Optimal Blue’s powerful API to integrate robust product eligibility and pricing data into their unique technology platform. This highly-anticipated integration equips lenders with accurate and compliant rate quotes at an integral point of the homebuying cycle, providing a much-improved experience for consumers that begin the mortgage process online. Access to this comprehensive pricing data also significantly improves lead conversion.

“Typically, when a consumer starts thinking about moving, they go to a search engine, and poke around to get an idea of mortgage rates,” explained Nick Peeples, VP, SeniorVu Engineering. “They’re trying to determine what they can afford. Our integration with Optimal Blue allows SoftVu to enhance the consumer experience by providing a real-time tool that they can interact with which instantaneously provides them with the most accurate information.”

This integrative tool is the first of its kind for online mortgage consumers and lenders. It reduces the amount of time both parties spend going through the loan process online.

“Consumers have set a high bar for today’s online mortgage lenders,” said Bob Brandt, Vice President of Marketing & Alliances for Optimal Blue. “Online mortgage lenders have certainly seen consumer engagement and conversion rates improve when they combine modern online interfaces with full pricing transparency and scenario pricing capabilities. By fully integrating with Optimal Blue’s API, SoftVu enables consumers to interactively adjust financing assumptions and make informed home-buying decisions with real-time, compliant, and highly personalized loan pricing at their fingertips.”

For additional information or to gain access to this custom integration, please contact SoftVu at (877) 611-0104 or info@softvu.com.

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PRESS CONTACT FOR OPTIMAL BLUE
Robert J. Brandt
Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Alliances
(469) 609-5585
bbrandt@optimalblue.com

PRESS CONTACT FOR SOFTVU
Valissa Smith
VP Strategic Communications
(913) 696-9700
valissa.smith@softvu.com

– Advanced APIs & Robust Pricing Allow for Various Loan Scenario Comparisons –

Ignite Integrations Solutions, Inc., sister company to matchbox LLC., a leading custom development software company to the mortgage banking industry, has further enhanced their partnership with Optimal Blue, the industry’s predominant provider of secondary marketing automation through the creation of a custom Pricing Scenario Worksheet. Through this unique offering, originators can significantly enhance their customer interaction and experience. The custom-branded form leverages the Optimal Blue API to provide live, accurate product eligibility and pricing that is presented directly into an industry-leading LOS. Comprehensive results provide up to three loan scenarios side by side, which can consist of different products, terms, down payment information, and more.

The integration of robust product eligibility and pricing via Optimal Blue’s Enterprise Secondary Marketing Solution, working in tandem with a highly-advanced API built exclusively for scenario pricing, delivers instantaneous results that satisfy a borrower’s need for immediate selection. Customers of Ignite and Optimal Blue can run various scenarios simultaneously, pulling accurate pricing back into the loan scenario form and ultimately presenting real-time options to their borrowers each and every time.

“We are thrilled to further expand our relationship with Optimal Blue,” said Frank Fiore, Vice President of Ignite Integration Solutions, Inc. “The modern origination workflow requires real-time product eligibility and pricing at any time, from directly within the Loan Origination System. Through this integration, Ignite clients can work more efficiently and provide real-time loan structuring options directly out of the LOS. Side-by-side scenarios, decisioning, and a client-facing document that visualizes all available options work together as an innovative toolset that yields a win-win for originators and borrowers alike!”

This progression is a direct result of the API-first strategy that Optimal Blue is taking to better integrate with the leading technology and service providers used throughout the mortgage industry. “The assembly of our best-in-class API and accurate pricing, paired with the unique user interface that Ignite has pioneered, provides originators with the time-saving advantage to compare multiple options at once,” explained Chazz Huston, Strategic Alliances Manager at Optimal Blue. “Together, we have seamlessly simplified a once time-consuming and tedious process that required substantial effort. I foresee this type of partnership continuing to advance our industry.”

ABOUT IGNITE INTEGRATION SOLUTIONS, INC
Ignite Integration Solutions, Inc. is a custom software development partner to the mortgage industry. Its team is comprised of mortgage experts who provide the grass roots feedback on development requirements and experienced developers who have deep knowledge in mortgage integration capabilities. This combination of talent provides the foundation for state of the art mortgage technology innovation and development of products that support the industry. Ignite supports a full library of Encompass-based tools as well as a full complement of custom integration and development options for clients and vendors alike. For more information, please visit www.igniteintegrationsolutions.com or contact Frank Fiore at ffiore@igniteintegrationsolutions.com.

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PRESS CONTACT FOR OPTIMAL BLUE
Robert J. Brandt
Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Alliances
(469) 609-5585
bbrandt@optimalblue.com

PRESS CONTACT FOR MATCHBOX LLC
Frank Fiore
Vice President
(516) 802-7375
ffiore@igniteintegrationsolutions.com

Customer Relations Management (CRM) provider, Big Purple Dot, has chosen Optimal Blue as their partner to integrate accurate product eligibility and pricing data into their platform through the use of Optimal Blue’s advanced API. This highly-anticipated integration will simplify a historically disjointed lead-to-close process, enhancing collaboration and streamlining business processes throughout the loan lifecycle.

As a client driven product and technology platform, Big Purple Dot evolves with the needs and wants of their customer base. “Our clientele has been asking for an Optimal Blue integration for several years,” explained Aldo Sarmiento, President and Chief Technology Officer at Big Purple Dot. “Optimal Blue’s API initiative has provided us the opportunity to make this happen and increases the value of our CRM immensely. We plan to introduce an assortment of dynamic and intriguing tools to the mortgage industry very soon.”

Big Purple Dot is known for their innovation and unrivaled methods that eradicate the communication barriers between the various parties involved in the lifecycle of a mortgage transaction, beginning with the borrower experience. The company has developed an application intake form that can be white-labeled per an originator’s unique UI preference, and the integration with Optimal Blue now guarantees accurate product eligibility and pricing data at this pivotal stage. The integration also allows originators and realtors to funnel leads from any source, arming them with tools to quickly distribute and efficiently close deals, in addition to subsequently managing those relationships after closing. Big Purple Dot also anticipates increased success in client re-targeting.

“Our focus is to develop technology partnerships with companies that are equally motivated to shape the future of the mortgage industry,” said Optimal Blue Strategic Alliances Manager, Chazz Huston. “Adding the CRM platform provided by Big Purple Dot into our technology ecosystem of innovators will serve Optimal Blue customers – and the mortgage industry as a whole – with true lead-to-close management, and beyond.”

ABOUT BIG PURPLE DOT
Big Purple Dot is a real estate centric, Customer Relations Management (CRM) system that provides services to both mortgage and real estate professionals. From single users to large corporate structures, Big Purple Dot focuses on speed to contact via automatic email and text message technology with an emphasis on task management, to make sure that nothing falls through the cracks. Big Purple Dot also offers lenders and realtors the ability to collaborate in real time, which promotes better communication, proper lead source tracking, and complete transparency.

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PRESS CONTACT FOR BIG PURPLE DOT
Aldo Sarmiento
President and Chief Technology Officer
(949) 223-0900
aldo@bigpurpledot.com

PRESS CONTACT FOR OPTIMAL BLUE
Robert J. Brandt
Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Alliances
(469) 609-5585
bbrandt@optimalblue.com

MortgageHippo has partnered with Optimal Blue to help clients deliver a wholly transparent borrower experience with accurate loan programs and rates in real-time using the Optimal Blue API. This enterprise integration allows MortgageHippo clients to customize their own pricing configurations seamlessly for the benefit of borrowers through the Optimal Blue platform.

“Today’s consumers want transparency in their mortgage process, especially through digital channels where they are likely shopping around,” said Valentin Saportas, CEO of MortgageHippo. “Our integration with Optimal Blue enables lenders to maximize conversions by giving those borrowers what they are looking for: accurate loan programs, rates and closing costs in real time.”

Optimal Blue’s best-in-class eCommerce platform consumes product and pricing content from the industry’s largest network of investors, provides intelligent selection and customization of that content as desired by lenders, and distributes the personalized results to leading technology providers via RESTful APIs – wherever, whenever it matters most.

“Borrowers want a mortgage process where they know they have the latest and most accurate information at their fingertips,” said Bob Brandt, Vice President of Marketing & Alliances for Optimal Blue. “By integrating with Optimal Blue, MortgageHippo delivers on that expectation of borrowers, increasing both satisfaction and closing rates.”

ABOUT MORTGAGEHIPPO

MortgageHippo works with lenders to devise and implement their digital mortgage strategies using its borrower-centric digital lending platform. The MortgageHippo platform allows lenders to deliver a modern borrowing experience, improve borrower conversions, significantly reduce origination costs and integrate with other innovative technologies. MortgageHippo’s platform is fully customizable to lender preferences and configurable to lenders’ workflows and processes. For more, visit www.mortgagehippo.com.

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PRESS CONTACT FOR MORTGAGEHIPPO
Valentin Saportas
CEO
(312) 416-3955
press@mortgagehippo.com

PRESS CONTACT FOR OPTIMAL BLUE
Robert J. Brandt
Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Alliances
(469) 609-5585
bbrandt@optimalblue.com

Vantage Production has chosen Optimal Blue as their partner to provide a unique digital mortgage experience. This enterprise integration allows a Vantage Production VIP user to incorporate accurate, compliant, real-time product and pricing information directly into consumer quotes and sales presentations.

“Vantage Production is very pleased to grow our relationship with Optimal Blue,” said Todd Ballenger, Executive Vice President of Vantage Production. “This deepening of our relationship enables our VIP clients to create and share Optimal Blue’s real-time pricing with prospective customers to increase sales and reduce compliance risk. It is our goal to reduce complexity for the loan originator and the companies we support in a way that empowers our clients to close more loans.”

Optimal Blue’s best-in-class digital mortgage marketplace platform consumes product and pricing content from the industry’s largest network of investors, provides intelligent selection and customization of that content as desired by originators, and distributes the personalized results to leading technology providers via RESTful APIs – wherever, and whenever it matters most.

“The partnership with Vantage Production greatly enhances the tools their VIP users offer to borrowers,” said Chazz Huston, Strategic Alliances Manager for Optimal Blue. “Borrowers and originators want a simplified, accurate and streamlined mortgage experience. This delivers.”

ABOUT VANTAGE PRODUCTION
Vantage Production, LLC is the industry’s premier provider of content, technology and services supporting the sales and marketing of mortgage products. With more than 15 years of experience, serving thousands of mortgage loan originators, Vantage Production empowers lenders to close more loans and minimize risk with solutions that are designed by mortgage experts, for mortgage experts. For more, visit www.vantageproduction.com.

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PRESS CONTACT FOR VANTAGE PRODUCTION
Torry Burdick
EVP, Marketing
(732) 526-1516
tburdick@vantageproduction.com

PRESS CONTACT FOR OPTIMAL BLUE
Robert J. Brandt
Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Alliances
(469) 609-5585
bbrandt@optimalblue.com

– Industry Leader Accelerates Delivery of New Secondary Marketing Innovations in Response to Increased Demand –

Optimal Blue LLC, the leading provider of secondary marketing automation and services in the mortgage industry, recently announced that the company achieved record customer adoption and growth in the first half of 2017.

In response to the growing demand for comprehensive secondary marketing automation and the company’s ongoing commitment to deliver value-added solutions, Optimal Blue has invested heavily over the past year to accelerate the deployment of new innovations.

In the first half of 2017, Optimal Blue released numerous enhancements to its end-to-end technology platform, providing mortgage lenders the ability to automate their entire secondary marketing function and interact seamlessly with the industry’s largest network of leading investors – through a single, unified platform. Optimal Blue also launched significant capabilities that bring together mortgage technology systems through sophisticated integration, further enhancing the industry’s vision of a fully digital mortgage. Embedded with a highly scalable API interface platform, lenders can easily integrate compliant product and pricing content with the leading third-party technology and service providers they rely upon for lead generation, CRM, consumer-direct, mobile, LOS, and more.

The market response to Optimal Blue’s investment has proved noteworthy. In the first six months of 2017, Optimal Blue has grown new clients by 21% from the prior six-month period. Although Optimal Blue is known for unrivaled product eligibility, pricing, and lock desk automation, the company added a record number of new clients for its pipeline risk management, hedging, and committing automation capabilities in the first half of 2017.

“The competitive mortgage industry landscape comes with numerous complex challenges, and our goal is to enable customers to manage and conquer those challenges as simply and as efficiently as possible,” said Scott Happ, CEO of Optimal Blue. “I am thrilled to welcome so many new customers to Optimal Blue, and I’m equally honored that they’ve entrusted our secondary marketing solutions to further automate their operation and successfully accomplish their technology and business goals.”

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PRESS CONTACT FOR OPTIMAL BLUE
Robert J. Brandt
Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Alliances
(469) 609-5585
bbrandt@optimalblue.com

WebMax has chosen Optimal Blue as their partner to provide a unique digital mortgage experience with lender-specific, real-time, compliant pricing, rates and product eligibility through the Optimal Blue API.

This integration will allow WebMax to provide accurate, instantaneous data at the time of application submission, further enhancing and providing a better path to completion, as well as increased efficiencies for the lender and enhancing customer satisfaction.

“WebMax is thrilled to work with Optimal Blue to increase the seamlessness of the borrowing experience,” said Curt Tegeler, President and CEO of WebMax. “Current and future clients can now benefit from the enhancement of the borrowing life cycle through this integration. Through our website solution, pricing and rates are provided to the borrower immediately upon submission of our digital application.”

Optimal Blue’s best-in-class eCommerce platform consumes product and pricing content from the industry’s largest network of investors, provides intelligent selection and customization of that content as desired by lenders, and distributes the personalized results to leading technology providers via RESTful APIs – wherever, whenever it matters most.

“This is an exciting partnership for Optimal Blue and WebMax,” said Chazz Huston, Strategic Alliances Manager for Optimal Blue. “It benefits everyone in the loan lifecycle. Borrowers and lenders are seeking a simplified, accurate and streamlined mortgage experience, and this integration does just that.”

ABOUT WEBMAX
WebMax provides an innovative digital solution designed to make Mortgage and Real Estate easy by enhancing the lending experience. The company’s compliant, enterprise-level solutions incorporate website design, custom development and third-party system integration: maximizing lead generation and conversion, expediting the loan origination process and enhancing referral partner relationships. For more information, visit www.webmaxco.com.

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PRESS CONTACT FOR WEBMAX
Siera Smith
Director of Marketing
(609) 920-6526
www.webmaxco.com

PRESS CONTACT FOR OPTIMAL BLUE
Robert J. Brandt
Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Alliances
(469) 609-5585
bbrandt@optimalblue.com

Velma.com has chosen Optimal Blue as their partner to provide mortgage lenders with highly accurate, real-time product eligibility and pricing through the Optimal Blue API.

Enterprise lenders using Velma’s CRM and Marketing platforms will be able to leverage Optimal Blue’s loan officer-specific, real-time product eligibility and pricing data to create an information-driven, one-to-one marketing experience. By eliminating tedious and error-prone processes of manually including product and pricing content in marketing communications, the loan officer will be more productive and free of “cut-and-paste” headaches. In addition, compliance officers are assured that compliant pricing is consistently quoted in the field, and that Velma’s industry-leading approval workflows can be invoked if needed.

“Today’s consumers have a ‘show me you know me’ mentality, and successful marketing communication treats recipients like individuals. By integrating Velma’s marketing cloud, CRM and Optimal Blue’s industry leading content, we further achieve the holy grail of marketing: the segment of one,” said Brent Emler, Velma.com’s VP of Sales and Marketing.

Optimal Blue’s best-in-class Enterprise Secondary Marketing Solution consumes product and pricing content from the industry’s largest network of investors, provides intelligent selection and customization of that content as desired by lenders, and distributes the personalized results to leading technology providers via RESTful APIs – wherever, whenever it matters most.

“We’re in a world where every important constituent in the loan process – consumers, loan officers, compliance officers, and more – can’t be out of sync with any of the others,” said Bob Brandt, Vice President of Marketing & Alliances for Optimal Blue. “The real-time integration with Velma.com is a great example of how key stakeholders benefit throughout the loan life cycle.”

ABOUT VELMA.COM
Velma.com is a leader in mortgage marketing and creating customers and partners for life. Velma provides cloud-based marketing automation, content, CRM, and multimedia communication that has delighted our clients since 2007 with its ease of use, quality, and effectiveness. For more information, visit www.velma.com.

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PRESS CONTACT FOR VELMA.COM
Nicole Anderson
Velma Communications
208 854.7900
nanderson@velma.com

PRESS CONTACT FOR OPTIMAL BLUE
Robert J. Brandt
Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Alliances
(469) 609-5585
bbrandt@optimalblue.com

Optimal Blue announced today that the company has partnered with BankingBridge to enhance the co-branded marketing media that the web-based vendor provides to loan officers and Realtors.

Through this integration, BankingBridge can offer participating lenders a simple, precise, affordable, and compliant way to display accurate, real-time interest rates. Clients can now offer multiple media platforms, thus improving efficiency for lenders and, ultimately, increasing customer satisfaction.

“We built BankingBridge to serve as the platform that all loan officers and realtors utilize to search, invite, and share compliant and co-branded marketing across print, digital, and social media. It’s a completely ‘hands off’ tool,” said Jimmy King, Co-Founder of BankingBridge. “Our integration with Optimal Blue’s unrivaled pricing will now allow our customer’s interest rates and loan programs to be as real-time as a stock quote on a financial website. That’s exciting!”

Optimal Blue’s best-in-class eCommerce platform consumes product and pricing content from the industry’s largest network of investors, provides intelligent selection and customization of that content as desired by lenders, and distributes the personalized results to leading technology providers via RESTful APIs – wherever, whenever it matters most.

“Customers want their mortgage process to be as simple as logging in to social media and friending someone, or as precise as buying consumer products online,” said Bob Brandt, Vice President of Marketing & Alliances for Optimal Blue. “By integrating with Optimal Blue, BankingBridge will be able to greatly enhance the tools that their lender and realtor partners offer to borrowers through multiple co-branded marketing vehicles, ensuring that this accurate information is tailored to their specific needs.”

ABOUT BANKINGBRIDGE
BankingBridge is a software company based out of Charleston, South Carolina, that provides a platform for loan officers and realtors to create co-branded marketing media. BankingBridge believes it should be easier for banks to market themselves and their products on-line. For more information, please visit www.bankingbridge.com.

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PRESS CONTACT FOR BANKINGBRIDGE
Jimmy King
Co-Founder
(843) 514-3325
jimmy@bankingbridge.com

PRESS CONTACT FOR OPTIMAL BLUE
Robert J. Brandt
Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Alliances
(469) 609-5585
bbrandt@optimalblue.com

CMPS Institute has chosen Optimal Blue as their partner to provide loan officers with highly accurate, real-time product eligibility and pricing through the Optimal Blue API.

The CMPS Platform is a CRM technology and lead conversion suite for banks, credit unions, mortgage companies, and individual loan originators. Loan originators use the CMPS Platform to create and keep track of daily sales activities, prepare loan comparison reports, automate marketing, and measure progress with each borrower and strategic partner relationship. By integrating Optimal Blue’s real-time product eligibility and pricing content directly into the CMPS workflow, loan originators can now easily leverage real-time, accurate pricing directly from the CMPS system when comparing loan options.

“Our partnership with Optimal Blue will help banks, credit unions, and mortgage companies to improve their customer experience,” said Gibran Nicholas, CEO of CMPS Institute and creator of the CMPS Platform. “This integration will empower loan originators to compare loan options more effectively and automatically send quarterly mortgage reviews to their borrowers, comparing the borrower’s interest rate with current market rates. This gives loan originators a relevant way to stay in touch with their database, improve client retention, and unlock the lifetime value of their clients.”

“For too long, mortgage industry services have been isolated and essentials like real-time pricing and product eligibility were considered out of reach to even the most sophisticated platforms. Partnering and integrating with CMPS changes the game,” said Chazz Huston, Strategic Alliances Manager for Optimal Blue. “This integration brings together a first-in-class CRM with the best-in-class Enterprise Secondary Marketing Solution to provide instant and accurate pricing, and creates a model for how to move the industry forward.”

ABOUT CMPS INSTITUTE
CMPS Institute is a national organization that certifies mortgage bankers and brokers. We provide mortgage planning certification, sales training and technology systems to banks, credit unions, mortgage companies and individual loan originators. For more information, visit www.cmpsinstitute.org.

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PRESS CONTACT FOR CMPS INSTITUTE
Gibran Nicholas
Chairman and CEO
(734) 385-6177
gibran@cmpsinstitute.org

PRESS CONTACT FOR OPTIMAL BLUE
Robert J. Brandt
Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Alliances
(469) 609-5585
bbrandt@optimalblue.com

– APIs Enable Customers and Technology Partners to Connect Pricing Data; Available Now –

Recently at the MBA Technology conference in Chicago, Optimal Blue – the leading provider of product eligibility and pricing services and operator of the mortgage industry’s digital marketplace – unveiled its new Application Programming Interface (API) initiative. The first deliverables available through Optimal Blue’s new API platform, allow secure access to pricing for eligible products for both consumer direct and loan officer implementations. The APIs may be used by customers who wish to integrate product and pricing data with proprietary website, mobile, or point-of-sale solutions, and by vendor partners whose solutions are enhanced through the integration of originator-specific price data for eligible products.

Through this API initiative, a core element of Optimal Blue’s strategy, the company will enable an ecosystem of third party developers serving Optimal Blue customers. Scott Happ, CEO of Optimal Blue, stated, “Our goal is to support integration through contemporary and best-in-class API technology, with any third party or in-house system that our customers may choose to deploy.” Several vendors have already agreed to utilize the APIs with an eye toward demonstrating functionality at Optimal Blue’s 2017 Client Conference.

Optimal Blue’s API products leverage Microsoft Azure’s API management platform. In accordance with the company’s newly adopted API-first strategy, the development team is already at work on the next set of APIs and expects to deliver locking and historical pricing functionality later this year. Sue Baker, VP of Product, explained, “While we are happy for customers to utilize the native Optimal Blue user interface, we are equally supportive of customers who would prefer to use third-party or proprietary systems whose UI/UX is supported by our API.”

Optimal Blue’s advanced API products include:

Best Execution Search Results: This API product supports scaled and streamlined product and pricing data to simplify display results directly to consumers.

Complete Search Results: This API product supports a richer data set and call library than the Consumer Direct product. The Full Results API allows for QM testing workflows, best price scenarios, as well as all eligible product scenarios. Subsequent calls for more information regarding product and pricing details, ineligible products, and lender fees are also supported.

During a recent beta period, interest in Optimal Blue’s API was strong, with several customers and vendor partners beginning implementation. Two top tier lenders began deployment, one for a Consumer Direct implementation and the other within a proprietary loan officer portal. “After five months of heroic effort by our API team, we are delighted by the support we are receiving from our most progressive customers,” said Erin Wester, product leader of Optimal Blue’s API initiative.

Vendor partners, all of whom serve Optimal Blue customers, have also expressed strong support for Optimal Blue’s API initiative. According to Bob Brandt, VP of Marketing and Alliances, “Our vendors are over the moon about this initiative because they understand that this will significantly empower them to both innovate and better serve our mutual customers.” The vendor partners who integrate with the company’s new API will be highlighted on the Optimal Blue API Developer Portal.

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PRESS CONTACT FOR OPTIMAL BLUE
Robert J. Brandt
Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Alliances
(469) 609-5585
bbrandt@optimalblue.com

– Optimal Blue and Blend Integrate to Reduce Friction for Borrowers and Lenders –

Optimal Blue, architect and operator of the mortgage industry’s digital marketplace, announced today that the company has a partnered with Blend, a Silicon Valley technology company bringing mortgages into the modern age.

As a result of the partnership, lenders that utilize Blend and Optimal Blue technology will be able to seamlessly integrate pricing workflows into Blend, resulting in an end-to-end digital mortgage platform with a sleek user interface that significantly improves lender efficiency. The combination of these two industry-leading solutions will provide more transparent and streamlined mortgage application experiences built on robust data connectivity, empowering lenders to provide a more complete decision-ready application – faster than ever before.

“Optimal Blue is focused on developing technology that empowers lenders to make smart, accurate decisions while producing the best loan options for their borrowers,” said Optimal Blue CEO Scott Happ. “This partnership with Blend moves our mission forward by introducing our pricing workflow into an emerging platform with a modern interface.”

“At its core, Blend was built to propel the mortgage process into the digital age,” said Nima Ghamsari, CEO & co-founder of Blend. “We’re committed to providing the best customer experience and the most efficient path toward homeownership. Partnering with industry technology leaders like Optimal Blue makes that experience even better.”

ABOUT BLEND
Blend is a Silicon Valley technology company transforming the multi-trillion dollar home mortgage industry. Blend’s technology delivers speed and efficiency to lenders, so they can serve the modern borrower and safely navigate the industry’s changing rules and regulations. Founded in May 2012, Blend is backed by Peter Thiel, Andreessen Horowitz, Formation 8, Lightspeed, Max Levchin, Hans Morris, and other leading venture investors. To learn more, visit www.blend.com.

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PRESS CONTACT FOR OPTIMAL BLUE
Robert J. Brandt
Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Alliances
(469) 609-5585
bbrandt@optimalblue.com

– Lenders Benefit from Shorter Closing Times, Higher Loan Volume, Higher Quality Loans and Increased Customer Satisfaction –

Optimal Blue, architect of the industry-leading enterprise product and pricing engine, announced entry into a technology partnership with San Francisco, CA.-based Roostify, a leading digital mortgage platform provider. Optimal Blue’s robust enterprise mortgage pricing service, backed by an unbeatable 99.999+% accuracy rate, is now accessible to banks and mortgage originators nationwide that utilize Roostify’s innovative technology to deliver a streamlined home lending experience to their borrowers and partners. This strategic alliance of two technology experts will further accelerate and demystify the home loan and closing experience.

Roostify enables loan officers and borrowers to seamlessly share and track critical information in the mortgage application and closing process through a secure interface that significantly improves client responsiveness and reduces cycles for loan officers. The combination of Optimal Blue’s expertise in pricing, along with the transparency and step-by-step guidance in Roostify’s loan application and closing processes, provides increased efficiency and profitability through accurate and precise tools.

“Our goal is always to enable lenders to offer the best possible loan application experience to consumers, and we’re excited to further that goal through partnering with an industry leader like Optimal Blue,” explained CEO of Roostify, Rajesh Bhat. “The integration with Optimal Blue is a win for our joint customers, who will be able to close loans faster and more seamlessly. It’s also a win for their customers, who will benefit from a more transparent, streamlined application process and realize a far less stressful home-buying experience.”

“Lenders have an insatiable appetite for innovative, market-leading solutions that drive ease, transparency and efficiency to the mortgage process,” said Bob Brandt, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances at Optimal Blue. “We’re extremely excited to see Roostify connecting with the Optimal Blue platform in such a way that the tools driving pricing and product decisions, as well as workflow, will be interwoven into a unique experience within Roostify that provides tangible value for both the lender and consumer.”

The Roostify platform — accessible from anywhere, including mobile devices — provides shorter loan processing times by allowing lenders to eliminate manual application origination tasks, documentation, and status communication, reducing the time required to close a loan. In addition, applicants can pull data into the application directly from their financial institutions, circumventing mistakes that can delay or derail a loan decision.

The partnership has been well-received by Roostify and Optimal Blue’s mutual customers. Gellert Dornay, President and CEO of Axia Home Loans explained, “Roostify is a key component in giving our clients the ability to quickly and confidentially submit financial information to begin the process of an entirely new mortgage experience, while Optimal Blue’s automation tools increase our efficiency and profitability. The integration of these services will further streamline and improve our clients’ mortgage experience, addressing increasing customer demand for greater transparency, confidentiality and ability to expedite! This all fits perfectly into Axia Home Loans’ strategy to improve the process for our clients to make educated decisions around sustainable homeownership.”

ABOUT ROOSTIFY
Founded by three technologists frustrated with their home buying experiences, Roostify enables a more efficient, transparent mortgage process for lenders, agents and homebuyers. Roostify’s software platform is trusted by prominent banks and mortgage brokers nationwide to deliver more loan volume, faster closes and happier customers. Roostify is backed by private investors, and headquartered in San Francisco. For more information, please visit www.roostify.com.

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PRESS CONTACT FOR OPTIMAL BLUE
Robert J. Brandt
Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Alliances
(469) 609-5585
bbrandt@optimalblue.com

– Strategic Alliance Between Industry Pioneers –

The premier cloud-based provider of Enterprise Lending Services (“ELS”) to the mortgage industry, Optimal Blue, recently announced it has entered into a technology partnership with SimpleNexus. Optimal Blue’s compliant pricing services, backed by an unrivaled 99.999+% accuracy rate, will now be available to industry professionals and consumers through the SimpleNexus mobile platform. Having this dynamic blend of resource tools at their fingertips, loan officers will be more efficient in nurturing clientele and facilitating all phases of the loan process.

There has been an unprecedented demand for pricing through mobile platforms, so executives from both companies are confident that this alliance will set the new standard for compliance, convenience, security and mobility. The combination of Optimal Blue’s expertise in pricing, along with the robust capabilities of SimpleNexus’ mobile platform, will provide loan officers and other stakeholders with increased profitability and productivity by providing the necessary tools when and where needed.

“SimpleNexus enables originators to interact with borrowers and agents, not only during the loan, but before and after as well,” said Matt Hansen, president of SimpleNexus. “This strategic partnership was an ambitious accomplishment. Optimal Blue’s reputation and focus on innovation align perfectly with who we are, so we are confident that lenders and their partners will see increased production when utilizing these technologies.”

“This is the perfect blend of skills and services provided by two best-in-class companies,” commented Mark Coupland, vice president of business development at Optimal Blue. “This will further extend the reach of both companies’ offerings into the loan origination process, benefiting all stakeholders in the process and most importantly, the consumer. This is just the beginning”

From lead generation to closing, Optimal Blue and SimpleNexus will continue to provide innovative solutions that offer organizational-level compliance, while improving the experience for all parties involved in the mortgage process.

ABOUT SIMPLENEXUS
In 2011, SimpleNexus pioneered private-labeled mobile apps for the mortgage space. Focusing on mobile, SimpleNexus provides convenience from the beginning of the home search to closing. Borrowers, loan officers and agents all use the technology to stay connected and close loans faster. Furthermore, SimpleNexus is a select member of the Mortgage Bankers Association and the only mobile technology provider with a SOC 2 security audit incorporated into its services. SimpleNexus is a trusted partner and has the resources and expertise to help companies deliver above and beyond their customers’ expectations. For more information, please visit www.SimpleNexus.com, or contact SimpleNexus at (855) 684-2777 or info@simplenexus.com.

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PRESS CONTACT FOR OPTIMAL BLUE
Robert J. Brandt
Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Alliances
(469) 609-5585
bbrandt@optimalblue.com